Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe
and its Atlantic Colonies, c 1750-1830
The workshop sought to broaden and reinvigorate the debate about the connections between enlightenment thought and government reform in Southern Europe and its overseas empires.
The participants, drawn from universities in Britain, Latin America, Continental Europe, and North America compared and contrasted the varieties of enlightened reform in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Brazil, and Spanish America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Emphasis was placed on the exchanges of ideas about reform across states and empires, and between the Old World and the New.
The workshop, which took place in CRASSH, was sponsored by CRASSH, Trinity College, the Centre for History and Economics, the Centre of Latin American Studies, the Royal Historical Society and the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund of the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge.